Support local producers and importers

A Rarotonga vendor with his produce on World Food Day last year. 21101520

Local produce will be celebrated in Constitution Park today with a range of vendors at the World Food Day event.

The annual international event, celebrated by the food and agriculture branch of the United Nations, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Agriculture ministry chief Temarama Anguna-Kamana said farmers would sell fresh and “value-added” produce at the event.

This year‘s theme is “leaving no one behind, better production, better nutrition, better environment and better life for all”, Anguna-Kamana said.

“All the global challenges around us are going to have an impact on agricultural imports. There will be an increase in the cost of imports and that could affect our trade in terms of food that is imported to us, so for us it’s like, let’s stick together, support the farmers and the people involved in the delivery of the foods from abroad.

“We have to be together and make sure we always have food available.

“We just have to look out for each other and make sure no one is malnourished or hungry.”

Anguna-Kamana said the challenges for agriculture stem from the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, labor shortages, climate change and the risk of invasive pests and diseases entering the country. , like African swine fever making its way through the Pacific.

“With all that aside, we still have to come together and see how we can make it work for us in the Cook Islands.”

Anguna-Kamana said today’s event was also an opportunity for local growers and vendors to showcase items they wouldn’t normally sell.

She was also happy that some local schools were selling products at the event.